New Summer STEAM Classes Commence

Camp CARE
Shawnee Mission School District

There are new science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) summer enrichment opportunities open to students who were in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade in the 2018-19 school year. 

These summer STEAM Classes are offered in June at the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA). The CAA serves as a unique campus allowing for innovative and experiential learning. Classes include exploration in Animation, Biotechnology, Health Care, Engineering, and Game Design. The classes are modeled after Signature Programs for high school students offered at the CAA.

This week at Camp CARE (Compassion, Action, Respond, Explore) students had the opportunity to investigate and develop the language and skills connected to the world of health care. Students analyzed a case study each day and examined specialty areas that parallel topics researched by students in the Medical Science program.

The students worked hands-on in the Simulation Lab with mannequins learning how to take a pulse, listen to respirations, and assess responsiveness.

Guest speaker, Chris Vogel, Senior Talent Source/Talent Acquisition from AdventHealth shared a variety of career opportunities in the medical field. He pointed out there are many careers paths in health care other than being a doctor or nurse and discussed jobs available to high school students.

The group visited the Career and Technical Center to get first-hand experience of the many services Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) provide as they rode in an ambulance that is part of the Project Blue Eagle courses.

“I have been looking forward to being in the ambulance all day,” Liliana Dixon, Westridge rising seventh grader said. “I have known since I was four years old, that I wanted to do something in the field of health care and I really like the hands-on experiences in this class.”

Other STEAM classes offered June 17-21 include Biotech Bootcamp; Engineering; and Game Design. Click here for enrollment information.